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Bosworth Hits Ground Running

Judi Bosworth indicated in an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News that the town is awaiting results of the financial and operational audit of the town’s Clinton G. Martin Park District. 

 

Nassau County is conducting the audit. The investigation stems from 2011, when Comptroller George Maragos asked to analyze the park district’s records citing misappropriated funds alleged by district residents.

 

In February 2013, a State Supreme Court appellate decision ruled the county could do the audit. The town appealed, arguing the audit was unconstitutional, but was denied.

 

“The audit is taking place,” Bosworth said during an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. Bosworth lives in a special park district. “I believe the records that have been asked for have been given to the comptroller. I guess we’re all waiting for the results.

I can understand the concerns the North New Hyde Park community had.”

 

Bosworth hit the ground running after she was sworn in New Year’s Day and underwent a “trial by snow” as it snowed and snowed again.

 

Bosworth embraced a new challenge, as she had to make sure the 600 miles of roads in North Hempstead were clear and safe. “The town staff is extraordinary, they all pulled together,” she said. The very first day, Bosworth began to meet with staff members and began to develop strategies to remove snow quickly. The parks department “worked almost non-stop,” she said.

 

And then, of course, the snowstorms brought about another problem: potholes. The public is urged to call the town at 311 whenever they spot one and Bosworth said that her policy is to repair a pothole within 48 hours of a report coming in. For those few whose call to 311 ends up as a call to New York City’s 311, those calls should instead be made to 869-6311 in order to reach North Hempstead. 

 

As for money needed for pre-storm and post-storm issues, Bosworth did note that “money spent on storms will impact the way we look at the budget.”

 

As Boworth stepped into her new job, she was well aware of the criticisms regarding the town’s building department and permits and she put remediation plans as a top priority. Bosworth immediately hired an applicant advocate, Lauren Summa, whose job is to look

into building department permits and help move them along. In addition, mobile building department offices have been set up. “And we are doing a top-to-bottom analysis,” Bosworth said, adding that she will make very sure that the corruption discovered years ago will not crop up again. She also said that she wants to be sure that the building department is “an advocate, not an adversary... we are here to be sure that people are all treated with respect.”

 

Bosworth has pushed making the town board meetings more accessible to residents. Since taking office, she has pushed for the meetings to be streamed live via computer, tablet, or cell phone. Town residents can go to the town’s website and click the icon for live streaming. The  live video of the proceedings kicked off at the February’s Town meeting and 79 people tuned in. Bosworth also moved public comment time at town meetings to the top of the agenda instead of at the end. 

 

And there is more to come, as Bosworth looks ahead. She plans to build on the works her two immediate predecessors, May Newburger and Jon Kaiman, especially noting the 311 phone number and Project Independence (for senior citizens). Stating that “the seniors are the ones who built this town,” and noting the importance of senior citizen projects, Bosworth emphasized her desire for more programs for young families. 

 

With a very full first few months and a very full agenda ahead for the years ahead, Bosworth has a lot to do. But as she told the Illustrated News,  “It’s an honor to do this job.”

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.

 

Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.

 

“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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